Volume 9/Issue 11

  • Jamie Fox Program Inducts New TCNJ Scholars


Jamie Fox Program Inducts New TCNJ Scholars

On May 8, 2019, the James P. Fox Memorial Fund continued the legacy of its namesake, our friend Jamie Fox, with the induction of five Fox Scholars of the Jamie Fox Scholars Program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). These Fox Scholars are part of a growing group of students accepted into the mentorship program, which was started in 2018 and now includes 10 alumni.

The students were named Fox Scholars following their completion of the Fox Scholars Program. The program matches students with a seasoned public affairs mentor, who provides them with a behind-the-scene look at the inner workings of politics and policy making, introductions to and shadowing with elected and government officials, and advice on a path forward into a career in the public sector.

“Our goal of this program was to give college students, especially those without a network of public service contacts, mentorship, and a track into public service, which Jamie valued so much,” says Eric Shuffler, of River Crossing Strategy Group and Fox Memorial Fund trustee.

The event featured a panel discussion among the 2019 Fox Scholars, led by TCNJ Political Science Professor Daniel Bowen, where students shared their experiences. Fox Scholar Sarah Estok, a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics, was mentored by Kevin Hagan, of Princeton Public Affairs Group. She says, “I had no idea before this program that I could turn my passion into a career and make a big impact.” Fox Scholar Rosemary Nivar, a senior, agrees. Graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, she says, “I saw for the first time that you can marry engineering with a career in politics and government. I didn’t think that was possible.” She is now considering pursuing a master’s in public administration or public policy. She was mentored by Doug Hritz of River Crossing Strategy Group.

Fox Scholar Juan Carlos Belmonte, a TCNJ junior, was mentored by Diane Scaccetti, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation. As a Political Science and Business Administration/Management dual major, he says, “I knew very little about the operations of state government. As a Fox Scholar, I saw firsthand how decisions at the state level are made. My mentor said she wanted to have the same impact on me that Jamie had on her many years ago.”

Deisha Inniss, a sophomore majoring in History/Political Science, was mentored by Danielle Alpert, of River Crossing Strategy Group, who said that her mentor “challenged my thinking and opened my eyes to other possibilities.” While Rachel Smith, a junior with a double major in Communication Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, says, “Through this experience I learned that your passion can take a lot of different forms.” She was mentored by Kay Elizabeth LiCausi, President & CEO, Hoboken Strategy Group.

The Jamie Fox Scholars Program at TCNJ is funded by the Fox Memorial Fund. Donations to The James P. Fox Memorial Fund, Inc., can be sent to River Crossing Strategy Group, 128 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. The fund is a 501C3 nonprofit and donations are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Learn more at www.jamiefoxfund.org